The Best E-Sports Teams and Players of 2023: Thriving Performances and Unforgettable Achievements

In the world of competitive video gaming, the esports scene has transformed into a global phenomenon, captivating millions of enthusiasts worldwide. In 2023 the momentum keeps growing. With jaw-dropping prize pools, esports has established itself and rivals traditional sports. Some of the top events like DOTAs The International, Valorant LOCK//IN, CS:GO, and the legendary Capcom Cup IX take center stage in the esports calendar of 2023.


As the esports scene continues to gain momentum, industry players like SkyCity have recognized its immense potential and made their mark in the competitive gaming landscape. In 2017, SkyCity made an impressive entry into the esports world by partnering with Let's Play Live Media (LPLM) and establishing New Zealand's first purpose-built esports broadcasting studio in the iconic Sky Tower, a significant step that aligns with the explosive growth and global phenomenon of competitive gaming.


In addition to their physical broadcasting studio, SkyCity expanded its influence in the gaming industry by venturing into the online realm with the launch of SkyCity Online Casino, providing a comprehensive gaming experience that catered to a wide range of players, including esports fans.


Over the past year, certain individuals and teams have left an incredible mark on the esports landscape. Within the realm of Valorant, respect has been earned by the likes of TenZ, ScreaM, and Shroud. Meanwhile, the Capcom Cup has witnessed the rise of legendary fighters, Tokido, Infiltration, Daigo Umehara, Fuudo, and Xian, all standing tall as the cream of the crop.


Defending the ancients better than most N0tail, JerAx, Topson, Cen, and Ana have been doing the most.


We are going to shine the spotlight on some of the teams that have, in recent times, left us in awe.


Natus Vincere (NAVI)


With its name derived from the Latin phrase “born to win”, NAVI is a European esports team founded in 2009. In 2010, NAVI emerged as a dominant force in the esports scene, winning numerous championships and amassing a dedicated fanbase. NAVI expanded into games such as DOTA 2, FIFA, StarCraft II, and League of Legends.


One of NAVI's most notable achievements was their performance at the Valorant LOCK//IN tournament, where they showcased their skills and strategic prowess. This tournament showcased their versatility across different game genres. Throughout its journey, NAVI has participated in over 650 tournaments and has earned an impressive prize pool of over $20 million. NAVI is committed to nurturing young talent through their NAVI Esports Camp to develop the next generation of esports players.



Team Spirit


Team Spirit is a Russian esports Team that has made a name for itself in particularly games like DOTA 2 and CS:GO. Founded in 2015, they have consistently been among the top teams in various tournaments. Team Spirit is known for their impressive performance in DOTA 2. They won The International 2021 and received a record-breaking prize pool of $18 million.

They have secured top-three placements in 190 tournaments.


One of the recent highlights of Team Spirit's performance was in the DPC EEU 2023 Tour. Being undefeated in the 2nd tour and making their way to the tournament’s top.

Looking ahead, Team Spirit has set its sights on The International 2023. Their previous victory and consistent top placements make them among the favorites to perform well in the tournament.


Evil Geniuses


A versatile esports organization founded in 1999, it has established itself as a dominant force in the industry, with over 180 championships across multiple games, including notable victories in DOTA. They have committed to diversity and inclusivity by signing their first mixed-gender VALORANT roster and promoting Christine "Potter" Chi as the first female-identifying coach to win an International Series match in 2023.


Their recent triumph in the BTS Pro Series Season 13 further solidifies their dominance in DOTA 2. Fans and esportsenthusiasts eagerly anticipate Evil Geniuses' performance in upcoming tournaments, as they are positioned as an up-and-coming force in the esports world.




OG is renowned for its achievements in DOTA 2. Establishment in 2015, they have amassed an impressive prize pool of over $37 million. OG started its successful journey with a victory at the inaugural DOTA 2 Major Championship in 2015, where they claimed a $1 million prize. They won back-to-back Valve-sponsored DOTA 2 tournaments, emerging victorious at the Manila Major in June 2016 and the Boston Major in December 2016.


It was The International that defined OG’s legacy. Securing winnings of $ 11 million in 2018 and $15.6 million in 2019. The anticipation for OG's performance in The International 2023 is immense. OG stands as one of the most accomplished teams in DOTA 2 and is a favorite as they prepare for The International 2023,



Team Liquid


Founded in 2000, Team Liquid has amassed an impressive record. Team Liquid has participated in over 2,500 tournaments and won an impressive $43 million in prize money. They excel in various games, including DOTA 2, League of Legends, CS:GO, and more, showcasing their versatility and skill. Their success extends beyond gaming, with ventures like 1UP Studios and Liquipedia. As they look to the future, Team Liquid is expected to continue its success and expand further in 2023.




In the ever-evolving world of esports, 2023 will be a year of exceptional performances and unforgettable achievements. There is high anticipation for favorites and new teams to rise. This year keep an eye out for esports events such as Valorant Masters June 2023, IEM Cologne August 2023, The International October 2023, and Rocket League August 2023.


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